Houston Astros star Alex Bregman took Major League Baseball by storm in 2018. Not only did he have an MVP-caliber year, but his personality was on full display during Houston’s AL West-winning season, making him one of the best young players to watch in the game — for more than one reason.
One thing you’ll learn in this week’s brand new episode of “Old Baseball Cards,” our baseball-card driven nostalgia show here on Yahoo Sports, is that Bregman also has a healthy respect for the history of the game. We were going to do something different on this week’s show and open some new current baseball cards with a current star of the game. But Bregman wanted to dip back into 1999.
So you’ll find us opening 1999 Fleer Ultra and some 2018 Topps Archives, which has some older players mixed with new. Along the way, we talk about greats like Cal Ripken Jr. and Rickey Henderson, plus current players like Evan Longoria and Carson Fulmer. Our best find is Mark McGwire, who Bregman dressed up as for Halloween eight years in a row, he says. It’s a fun episode with a fun player.
If you’re new to our series, we open old packs of cards with players, coaches and famous fans. It’s often with the greats of the game, but we’re happy to feature some of MLB’s young blood in this episode. We’re not looking for super valuable cards on “Old Baseball Cards” — but that would be great — we’re really looking for great stories, memories and reactions.
Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: David Ross | Dave Winfield | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Mike Krukow | Gary Vee | Randy Johnson | Felipe Alou | George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)
STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Fred Lynn | Eduardo Perez | J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez | Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar
MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais
CURRENT PLAYERS: CC Sabathia | Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo
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